Greetings! Our next adventure took us to Cymru, or more commonly known as Wales! Wales is a country in its own right and part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. Wales dates back to the 1000s and its capital is Cardiff which is located in southern part of the country. The official languages are Welsh and English and Wales has a population of over 3 million people. A few famous Welsh people you may have heard of include: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Jones.
Some fun facts about Wales:
- Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country.
- The Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (try pronouncing that...just give it a whirl) has the second longest place name in the world. We happened to be in the town and I took a picture of the name on the local Volvo dealership building.
- The Queen's dog of choice, the corgi, is also Welsh. Corgi means "dwarf dog."
- Joseph Daniels of West Wales emigrated to the US in the 18th century. His grandson Jack went on to create the world famous Jack Daniels whiskey.
- Al Capone's accountant, Llewelyn Humphreys, was a Welshman and also took over for Capone while he was in prison.
We stayed in northwest Wales in a town called Bangor near the Snowdonia National Park. Our AirBnb was in a fantastic location and our hosts were wonderful. Penny enjoyed meeting two of their three chocolate labs. The views from the AirBnb were wonderful. Our trip took us to Caernarfon Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Short Stack Lighthouse and cliffs on the extreme northern coast of Wales, and to Plas Newydd. I will probably break this up into separate posts due to the sheer volume of pictures.
AirBnb link: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1285937
Penny asking, "Are we there yet?"
Our neighbors for our stay:
Our view from the AirBnb:
Wales is stunning and I cannot wait to come back and explore other parts of the country. Onto Caernarfon Castle...